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44-14430

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 55th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Ralph Bowman

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 20th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 55th FS July 17, 1944 - Jan 13, 1945 296 combat hours 1 ME-109 destroyed air + 1 DO-24 destroyed water + 1 DO-24 damaged water Transferred to 4th Combat Bomb Wing at completion of tour. KIFA Beach C-45 s/n 44-87129 April 5, 1951

  • Edward Kier

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 20th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 55th FS 20th FG Oct. 1944 - July 1945 2 air kills (ME-109s) plus 5 destroyed by straffing (HE-111s) 261 combat hours P-51D s/n 44-14320 KI+F

  • Donald Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Places

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

  • Wittering

    Military site : airfield
    Wittering, now in Cambridgeshire, began as RFC Stamford in 1916. By the end of the First World War, it had been renamed RAF Wittering, and was used by both British and American aircraft. It had six hangars, fifteen aircraft sheds and many other...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 1944

Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1944

Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2017 09:42:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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